PowerUP USA is the leader in providing art, media, science and technology education to in and out of school youth and low-income adults. Since 1997 we have trained more than 700 youth and adults. Our hands-on approach to teaching has made it possible for many disadvantaged youth to enter the field of engineering, technology, and media with confidence.
What we do
The digital divide has caused many disadvantaged youths to be 5-10 years behind in technology advancements and because of cost, families in urban communities are the least likely to be exposed to the technology needed to compete in the 21st century. We are committed to staying on the cutting edge of STEM education and workforce development training. We continue to research best models for delivering proven teaching methods and are working to develop partnerships with industries leaders and employers to empower our students with the skills for success.
About Tommy Nichols
Tommy Nichols has been providing Art, Business, media, science, and technology education to at-risk youth, low-income adults, and dislocated worker since 1997. Starting as an approved Job Training Partnership Act provider ( JTPA), Workforce Investment Act Approved Vendor (WIA), National Federation for Teaching Entrepurship(NFTE) and Vue/Prometric Testing Center. Workforce Investment Act Approved Vendor (WIA) In addition, Mr. Nichols has provided A + Pc Repair Certification, Microsoft Office, Microsoft System Engineers Certification, Comptia Net + and Digital Literacy. Since 1997 Mr. Nichols has trained more than 800 youth and adults with transferable, employment skills. We are committed to staying on the cutting edge of hands-on technical vocational education. We continue to research best methods for delivering proven teaching models and are working to develop partnerships with industries leaders and employers. The digital divide has caused many disadvantaged youth to be 5-10 years behind in technology advancements and because of cost, families in urban communities are the least likely to be exposed to the technology needed to compete in the 21st century. We provide media and technology program to in and out of school youth, after-school programs, summer camps, contract training for Low-income adults, dislocated worker and senior citizens. Many of our programs work with youth between the ages of 7-17 and adults 18 to 80 where they learn how to build computers, create websites, produce, direct and edit their own movie in an intimate class setting. To learn more click here to see our case studies
40 under 40 Recipient
YMCA Black Achievers Award
Kennedy Charter School Life Saver Award
Mayor Appointee to CMPAC Board of Directors AccessTV 21
Interviewed by every media outlet in Charlotte, NC
Coming soon - Sharing over 20 years in I.T & Business- "Coding Black"
Providing Industry driven vocational training for over 20 years.
Microsoft Office Certification Program
Comptia A+ PC Technician Certification Program
Kennedy Charter School CTE Instructor
National Federation for Teaching Entrepreneurship Certification
Hollywood Film Institute Producer & Director Certificate
Coding for the Web Training Program
Computer Network Engineer Program
Vue Authorized Testing Center
Microsoft Refurbisher Program
AGCV Certified Court Videographer
Youthbuild Service Provider
Jobs Plus Approved Service Provider
V.A. Chapter 31 Approved Training Provider
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Training Provider
Job Training Partnership ACT (JTPA) - Approved Training Provider